What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a type of malicious programme that demands payment after launching a cyber attack on a computer system. This type of malware has become increasingly popular among criminals, costing organisations millions each year.

For a quick guide to ransomware and what you can do to protect your business, download our free infographic: What is ransomware and how can I protect my business?

The impact of ransomware

Security experts recognise that ransomware is one of the fastest-growing forms of cyber attack. Its prevalence and reach was emphasised when WannaCry, and more recently, NotPetya, exploited a flaw in Microsoft’s SMB software and spread rapidly across networks, locking away files. According to Bitdefender Labs, there are roughly 2.8 million known unique samples of ransomware and the numbers keep growing. DIY ransomware creation tools are also readily available.

How to protect your business in 10 minutes

Preventing ransomware attacks can be as simple as ten minutes of staff training. We’ve developed a Human Patch e-learning course to help you take action against the increasing threat of phishing and ransomware attacks by educating your employees to be vigilant and secure.

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Protect yourself with IT Governance cyber security and technical services

IT Governance’s cyber security consultancy and technical services are delivered by a team of experienced in-house consultants and penetration testers who have a deep understanding of the range of cyber risks faced by organisations today, enabling you to implement the best possible security solutions for your budget and requirements.

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Cyber Health Check

Cyber Health Check

Do you have an overall view of how effective your security plan is? Are the right IT security controls in place to protect the information that is critical to your business?

The three-phase Cyber Health Check combines on-site consultancy and audit with remote vulnerability assessments to assess your cyber risk exposure.

Our approach will identify your actual cyber risks, audit the effectiveness of your responses to those risks, analyse your real risk exposure and then create a prioritised action plan for managing those risks in line with your business objectives.

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ISO 27001 consultancy

ISO 27001 consultancy

Does your organisation have the necessary security controls to monitor, review and protect your organisation’s information assets?

ISO 27001 is the international standard that describes best practice for an ISMS (information security management system). It is globally recognised as the most comprehensive solution to achieving an enhanced cyber security posture.

From fixed-price packages to bespoke consultancy, we can supply everything you need to implement an ISO 27001-compliant ISMS in your organisation.

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Take action against the increasing threat of ransomware attacks by educating your employees to be alert, vigilant and secure.

This ransomware employee awareness course covers the main forms a ransomware attack can take and how they work and actions that individuals and organisations can take to help protect against ransomware.

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Simulated Phishing Attack

Penetration testing services

Do you need to assess your organisation’s vulnerability to attack or the value and exploitability of critical assets?​

We can test your defences with our Simulated Phishing Attack penetration testing service.

This simulated phishing attack will establish whether your employees are vulnerable to phishing emails, enabling you to take immediate remedial action to improve your cyber security posture. 

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